EDF Climate Corps: Resources On The Ground In Chicago
Meet our Chicago EDF Climate Corps Staff
Devesh Nirmul is the Manager of the Buildings Energy Initiative for Chicago
Before coming to EDF, Devesh worked as the first Sustainability Program Manager at Miami-Dade County and similar positions in other municipal governments. He then transitioned to directing the Energy and Sustainability for North America’s largest residential property management firm, FirstService Residential (FSR). Most recently Devesh has provided strategic consulting to energy and sustainable urban renewal projects in his home town area of Tampa Bay, FL. Key initiatives include:
Providing energy master planning and coordination for implementation of $12.5 million worth of Miami-Dade’s ARRA Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) including design and implementation of several project activities:
- Enterprise-wide Energy Management Systems Upgrade and Coordination
- Sustainable Capital Improvement Processes Evaluation and Recommendations
- Building and Zoning Code and Permitting Process Evaluation and Recommendations for Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation
- Targeted-Industry Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund
Business plan development, data collection and analysis and strategic partnering for energy-efficiency benchmarking and comprehensive solutions delivery for managed portfolio of over 300 multi-family buildings in FL and 70+ buildings in Toronto at FSR
- Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
- Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design, Operations & Maintenance (LEED AP O+M)
- Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP)
M.P.A. (Environmental Policy and Management), MSES (Environmental Sciences)
B.A. (Economics), BS (Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences)
Ellen Bell is the Senior Specialist for the Buildings Energy Initiative for Chicago
Before coming to work for EDF, Ellen spent five years working as a legislative aide for Chicago Alderman Ed Burke. She then transitioned to East Balt Inc, an industrial bakery company headquartered in Chicago, where she eventually assumed the position of Global Sustainability Manager.
Her time working for Alderman Burke gave Ellen an excellent working knowledge of the City and extensive understanding of the connections and players that make Chicago the ideal place for pioneering large scale energy management.
While at East Balt, Ellen led initiatives across the Company’s global footprint and worked to implement a strategy to benchmark, set goals for and execute a Global Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Mission Statement that refined and streamlined the Corporation’s direction.
Ellen also actively participated on a Sustainability sub-committee of an industry council comprised of 16 independent North American baking companies, tasked with the purpose of collectively advancing Sustainability efforts based on the KPIs of their largest customer.
M.A., American Government, Loyola University Chicago
B.A., Political Science, Boston College
EDF Climate Corps fellows have already made an impact in Chicago
AT&T: David Poli investigated starting pilot projects for evaluating cloud-based energy monitoring dashboard systems with the intention of selecting a complete solution for approximately 1,000 of AT&T's highest energy-usage locations. Building on work performed by previous Climate Corps fellows for AT&T, Mr. Poli investigated more than ten different solutions involving hundreds of buildings in AT&T's portfolio. These buildings represented a wide variety of assets, including administrative high-rises, conetrral telecommunication equipment offices, data centers and cell towers.These systems, which are accesiible both on-site and remotely, have the potential to optimize facilities operation and visibility by providing real-time energy-use feedback. Working from vendor proposals and white-paper research, Mr. Poli estimated that this project represents and opportunity of over $125 million in savings on electricity costs, and could result in a reduction of over 800,000 metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions.
MacArthur Foundation/Marquette Building: Jim Bell spent his summer working for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest independent charitable foundations. His fellowship encompassed assessing the Marquette Building, a national landmark in downtown Chicago, and creating a multiyear roadmap to reduce 20% of the building’s energy consumption by 2017 for Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative.
He worked extensively with building staff, contractors, and engineering consultants to develop a detailed selection of energy conservation measures that were then verified using an eQuest energy model developed by Environmental Systems Design.
Mr. Bell identified ECMs that offer over 7,800 MMBtu in annual energy savings and created a detailed energy roadmap for the MacArthur Foundation that optimizes capital investment, achieves substantial energy savings, and preserves the historic integrity of the Marquette Building.